The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Tai chi improves low balance confidence

    Fear of falling may lead to activity restriction that is self-imposed rather than due to actual physical impairments.

    Researchers in Canada and Israel reviewed CAM treatment options.

    First, the details.

    • 30 studies were included in this review.
    • A meta-analysis was conducted from data in 24 studies.

    And, the results.

    • Treatments were pooled into exercise, tai chi, and multifactorial intervention.
    • Low significant effects were found for exercise and multifactorial interventions.
    • Medium significant effects were found for tai chi.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Tai chi interventions are the most beneficial in increasing the balance confidence of older adults.”

    The benefits contribute to an improved quality of life as well.

    In addition, researchers at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, recently reported that tai chi led to improvement in cognitive functioning that was maintained through 12 months.

    4/20/112 14:00 JR

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